Popular Films


What themes unite better-known films about the First World War?

In this episode, Jessica, Chris and Angus look at some of the better-known films about the war, covering a fifty-year period from All Quiet on the Western Front(1930) to Gallipoli (1981). Along the way, we discuss body horror, Kirk Douglas’s jaw line, European unity and whether the British have a particular penchant for cross-dressing.


All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
La Grande Illusion (The Grand Illusion) (1937)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
Gallipoli (1981)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
The Hayes Code
Battle of the Somme (1916)
The Great War (1964): ‘Making of’ documentary
Casablanca (1942)
Jason Crouthamel, An Intimate History of the Front: Masculinity, Sexuality and German Soldiers in the First World War (2014)
Emma Hanna, Sounds of War: Music and the British Armed Forces During the Great War (2020)
‘Sapper’, Sergeant Michael Cassidy, RE (1916)
‘Allo, ‘Allo (1982-1989)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
King and Country (1964)
The Long, Long Trail (1961)
Joan Littlewood, Theatre Workshop, Stratford
Deborah Thom, Nice Girls and Rude Girls: Women Workers in World War I (1998)
Sister Kate Luard, Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front (1915)
Carloyn Holbrook, Anzac: The Unauthorised Biography (2014)
Charles Bean, The Anzac Book (1916)
Tron (1982)
Mad Max (1979)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
1917 (2019)

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